Novak Djokovic awoke per week 350 as the number one in the world, increasingly far from his pursuers in that classification. The Serbian is already the tennis player who accumulates the longest time in the position of honor and there is no moment in which they can displace him.
His triumph at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon gives him a margin, even though he could not complete the perfect Grand Slam at the US Open. At the moment he already takes 40 weeks from his main pursuer, which is the Swiss Roger Federer with 310.
Although the "express" is still active and is currently sixth in the ranking, the possibility that he will return to the top at 39 years of age is very remote. The third and last place on the podium is occupied by the American Pete Sampras with 286 weeks.
Further back on the list, come the Americans Ivan Lendl and Jimmy Connors, with 270 and 268, respectively. On his part, the Spanish Rafael Nadal is in the sixth historical box with 209 weeks being the leader of the ATP circuit.
These are the only six tennis players in history who have exceeded the 200-week barrier as world number one, with Djokovic holding the record with a number that will continue to increase in the coming months.
Berrettini opens up on Djokovic
Matteo Berrettini knew as much as almost anyone else about Novak Djokovic on the ATP tour in 2021.
“Novak [Djokovic] is much better than me, he is an absolute champion,” Berrettini admitted in an interview. “He has never done anything against me, other than the fact that I hate him because he always beats me every time we play.
Of course I’m kidding about hate. He is in the history of our sport and he deserves to have all the records he is claiming”. At the ATP Finals and also at the Davis Cup, Djokovic evaded any questions about his journey to Australia for tennis summer.
Now, in a thrilling news for fans, Djokovic’s name was present in the list of players participating at the ATP Cup in Sydney ahead of the ‘happy slam’. While this looks like a big news on paper as it almost confirms Djokovic’s participation in Melbourne, the Serbian star is yet to make the news official.
Along with Djokovic, top stars like Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, and Dominic Thiem will also represent their respective nations at the ATP Cup.